Kathmandu, April 16
The main opposition Nepali Congress today announced its nationwide awareness campaign to educate people about the government’s wrongdoings and to strengthen the party organisation.
Speaking at a press conference, NC Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said the campaign would inform NC members and well-wishers about the amended party statute, re-energize all NC members and units, inform the people about achievements under NC leadership and make people aware of corruption scandals and wrong policies of the government.
Other objectives of the campaign are to listen to people’s grievances and work to address them; garner public support for constitution amendment to address grievances of people in the Tarai-Madhes; inform people about the government’s immature diplomacy; pressure all three tiers of government to work as per their commitment; caution the government over its moves to curtail press freedom and freedom of expression; expand party membership and impart training to workers.
Named the ‘Himal Pahad Tarai Madhes Nepali Congress Rastriya Jagaran Abhiyaan’, the campaign will be run in three phases, starting April 24.
The first phase, will run for a month from April 24 to May 25 in all 77 districts. Each member of the NC Central Working Committee will spend a month in an assigned district and run various programmes.
In the second phase (from August 31 to September 24) CWC members will visit all 330 provincial electoral constituencies and spend 15 days conducting planned programmes.
Finally, in the third phase (December 23 to January 1, 2020), the CWC members will visit all 753 local levels for 10 days.
While NC President Sher Bahadur Deuba will inaugurate the campaign in Kathmandu amidst a programme, the CWC members concerned will inaugurate the campaign in their respective districts.
The programmes include gatherings, distribution of party membership, training programmes, record keeping, paying respects where historical incidents occurred during the struggle for democracy, honouring party veterans and meeting family members of martyrs to seek their suggestions on how to strengthen the party.
Similarly, the party’s sister wings — Nepal Women’s Association, Nepal Tarun Dal, Nepal Students Union, Nepal Trade Union Congress, Nepal Dalit Association, Nepal Farmers Association, National Democratic Disabled Association, Nepal Democratic Army Association, Nepal Teachers Association, Nepal Former Army Association, Nepal Indigenous Nationalities Association, Muslim Association Nepal, Nepal Cultural Association and the party’s public relations offices aboard — will also take run various programmes during the campaign.
A version of this article appears in print on April 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.